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September 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET — Executive Web Briefing Exclusively For Members Of The OPEN MINDS Next Generation Forum On Children’s Services

Since the 1990’s, many human service organizations, both public and private, have sought to develop collaborative relationships in order to avoid duplication or take advantage of potential organizational synergies in order to better serve clients. With the advent of integrated health care models and the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the development of strategic collaborative service and funding models has taken on renewed importance. While potential partners in these collaborative relationships have much to benefit from, successful collaborations do not occur without strategic decision making and leadership. Register today for an exciting case study presentation moderated by Howard Shiffman, Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS, where Doug Muetzel, Chief Executive Officer, Wesley Family Services, and Stephen Christian-Michaels, Chief Strategy Officer, Wesley Family Services, provide their insight and experience successfully merging Wesley Spectrum and Family Services of Western Pennsylvania into Wesley Family Services.


Agenda

During this 60-minute web briefing, you will gain a deeper understanding of:

  • The Benefits of partnering and collaborations
  • The various types of partnerships
  • The administrative service organization collaboration
  • Reasons to consider a merger or acquisition
  • Benefits, risks, and steps involved in a successful merger
  • A case study on two providers who have successfully merged

This web briefing is an exclusive event for members of The OPEN MINDS Next Generation Forum On Children’s Services. If you are not a member and would like more information on The Next Generation Forum On Children’s Services and how to become a member, please contact Rasheed Dandridge at OPEN MINDS at rdandridge@openminds.com.

Featured Speakers

Howard Shiffman, Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Mr. Shiffman has over 30 years of successful organizational and business experience in human service fields including expertise in executive management, strategic planning, business development, finance, marketing, market intelligence research, fundraising, and board development. He has hands-on expertise that comes from successful management and consulting with a number of programs. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS Mr. Shiffman served as Chief Executive Officer of Griffith Centers for Children, a COA-accredited, full-service treatment program for severely troubled youth and their families. He also developed one of the first offense-specific sex offender program in the United States.

Stephen Christian-Michaels, Chief Strategy Officer, Wesley Family Services

Stephen Christian-Michaels serves as Chief Strategy Officer at Wesley Family Services, a newly merged non-profit organization that united two of the largest behavioral healthcare providers: Wesley Spectrum and Family Services of Western Pennsylvania. Prior to his current role, Mr. Christian-Michaels served as Chief Executive Officer of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania.

Mr. Christian-Michaels’ career focus has been on providing behavioral health and recovery-related care and services for individuals of all ages. He has worked on developing systems and programs that break the mold of recovery and behavioral health care, and is passionate about creating the public policy and funding models to create independence for the individuals served.

Mr. Christian-Michaels is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, with a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago. He worked in the DuPage County, Illinois Health Department prior to joining Family Services, and consulted with the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health which serves Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.

Doug Muetzel, Chief Executive Officer, Wesley Family Services

Douglas Muetzel serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Wesley Family Services, a newly merged non-profit organization that united two of the largest behavioral healthcare providers: Wesley Spectrum and Family Services of Western Pennsylvania. Wesley Family Services provides a wide variety of therapeutic support programs and serves individuals throughout the course of their lifespan.

Prior to serving in his current role, Doug served as the CEO of Wesley Spectrum for more than 17 years where he led the organization to become one of the region’s most respected providers of child and adolescent behavioral healthcare services. Wesley Spectrum was known for its emphasis on treating and providing care that was holistic, integrated, innovative, and transformative. One of his biggest successes at Wesley Spectrum was the implementation of the Connections, Assessments, Resources, Evaluation and Support (CARES) program. CARES is a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and service-planning program for children with autism and their families and the program has been implemented and is offered at Wesley Family Services.

Before working in behavioral health, Doug had a successful career in sales and marketing and worked with internationally-known corporations like Cornerstone Publishing, Beecham Group, and Proctor and Gamble.

Registration for this executive web briefing is exclusively for members of The Next Generation Forum On Children’s Services.

Unable to attend? Still register! At the conclusion of the event, all registrants will receive a recorded copy of the executive web briefing and presentation slides — regardless of attendance.

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